AS PART of a programme of visits to congratulate the winners of the 2011 Angus Ambassador Awards, Provost Ruth Leslie Melville recently spent an afternoon at Intervention Rentals, Angus Ambassador of the Year in two categories - Business and International.
“We were incredibly proud to be presented with two Angus Ambassador of the Year Awards,” said David Laing of Intervention Rentals, which has its headquarters at Lunan, between Montrose and Arbroath. “It gave everyone a great boost by providing us with further assurance that we’re on the right track – and it was also a very public stamp of approval.”
Intervention Rentals was established in 2006 to provide niche flow-meter calibration and oilwell integrity testing and sealing services to the oil industry. Having initially focused on oil fields in the North Sea, Intervention Rentals now has customers all over the world, including Russia, The Middle East and Ghana. “We’ve been involved in the oil industry in Ghana for some time and, as we’re being asked to do more and more work in West Africa, we’re about to set up a hub there,” David told the Provost.
“Intervention Services also has a hub in Qatar, which, as well as providing us with a base in the Middle East, is very handy for our many customers in the former Soviet Union, such as Azerbaijan.
“Our services are in high demand across the globe,” continued David. “In the six years we’ve been on the go, Intervention Rentals has gained an enviable reputation for being able to solve problems that had previously been considered unsolvable – and that’s very good news for Intervention Rentals.
“Our turnover has quadrupled in the last four years and, this year, business is up 100 per cent on this quarter last year.”
David stressed to the Provost that the company’s Angus location has been highly beneficial. “It’s so easy to travel to and from Angus and to send our highly-specialised equipment to oil fields all over the world,” he said. “However, perhaps the best aspect of being based in Angus is the workforce. There’s a largely untapped, highly-skilled engineering workforce in Angus, as well as a good selection of top quality school leavers.
“In addition, if you’re involved in the oil industry, no matter where you are in the world, being from Scotland is a bonus – and being a Scottish oilfield company from Angus rather than Aberdeen helps us stand out from the crowd.”
At the end of her visit, the Provost revealed that she was highly impressed by Intervention Rentals’ success. “The oil industry is huge in this corner of Scotland and for Intervention Rentals to be singled out by winning two Angus Ambassador Awards is an incredible – and well-deserved – achievement.”